Join us at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for the launch of n+1 cofounder Mark Greif’s book, The Age of the Crisis of Man.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mark Greif in conversation with A.O. Scott
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
Subway: BDFM to Broadway/Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker, or NR to Prince
“One of the striking features of the discourse of man to modern eyes, in a sense the most striking, is how unreadable it is, how tedious, how unhelpful. The puzzle is why it is unreadable.’ Thus, Mark Greif in his exhilarating study The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America 1933-1973. By ‘the discourse of man’ Greif means the vast midcentury literature on human dignity, from Being and Nothingness, to the ‘Family of Man’ photo exhibition, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a discourse that Greif interrogates with verve, erudition, sympathy, and suspicion, and that he follows into the fiction of our time.”—Lorin Stein, Paris Review